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To know God is to know peace

Boda Lawson • May 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

Looking back over the ages, both in life and historically, we discover no situation in which God was not perfectly victorious. Today, in this very day, He is working a work that will bring Him honor and glory. Think not that He sleeps, is too far away or too concentrated elsewhere to look upon our infirmities.

Individually and collectively, God is aware of our oppression. We cannot lay the troubles of COVID-19 at the feet of Jesus. That is where we place our trust and our faith. Look rather to His plan fulfillment and to His coming. All todays and all tomorrows are within His looking glass of mercy and grace. Looking into the fiery eyes of God can be a frighting experience; it can also be a soothing soul medicine. Holy fear of respect is necessary. A God capable of securing our life for eternal existence cannot be a weakling. He has this “virus” thing; keep the faith and the work. He will let us know when it is time to cease labor and see His coming.

Luke 21: 25-28 tells us: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Titus 2:10-14 says: "Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

And, lastly, Jude 1:21 reminds us to “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life,” while Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Know God, know peace. Amen.

Boda Lawson is assistant pastor at New Melody Church in Scott County, Virginia.

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